Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
An elected Liberal Nationals government will reinstate the Country Roads and Bridges program, providing approximately $1 million in grants to Victoria’s rural shires each year for four years, State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced today.
“The popular program was axed by Daniel Andrews in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads. This included both the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires,” Mr Bull said.
“Some of the council projects that are awaiting this funding in my electorate that it will address, include new bridges at Mount Taylor, Johnsonville and Dargo and reconstruction of Willis Avenue in Marlo, Soldiers Road at Lindenow, Birrells Road and Lake Victoria Road intersection and Moroney and McMillan Streets in Bairnsdale.
“The grants will help restore and rehabilitate council-maintained roads and bridges, which have deteriorated further since Labor scrapped the program.
“The Country Roads and Bridges Program will help give rural Victorians the safe and reliable infrastructure they deserve.
“Our local roads and infrastructure are the critical link for parents taking the kids to school, for freight operators bringing goods and services into our towns and for the jobs that keep our communities moving.
“Restoring this program will be a shot in the arm for East Gippsland and Wellington Shires and make our communities, like Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota more liveable and support jobs in our region.”
Leader of the Nationals, Peter Walsh, said while Daniel Andrews is reducing speed limits on country roads, the Nationals have a plan for the safe, reliable infrastructure regional and rural Victorians deserve.
“If you fix country roads, you save country lives – and that’s exactly what this program will do,” he said.
Caption: Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, inspects the Boyds Road Bridge at Mount Taylor, which could be replaced by East Gippsland Shire thanks to the Country Roads and Bridges Program, if the Liberal Nationals are elected in November.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018